While on assignment in North Korea, Bond is captured, imprisoned, and tortured for over a year. When Bond is released, not everyone is certain 007 is still capable of doing the job, but after an unscrupulous entrepreneur is discovered to be up to no good, Bond is back on the case.
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Final Brosnan entry as Bond winds up the most ridiculous of the entire series (take that Moonraker) with its poor CGI and invisible car. The shame of it is Brosnan had finally found his groove as Bond marrying the action of Connery with the tomfoolery of Moore. The necessary reboot grounding Bond back in the real world was the result of this mess.
Notorious for being so awful that it necessitated a reboot to bring the Bond character back to his gritty, realistic roots. Yet despite the critical drubbing it's received, or perhaps because of it, I find it difficult to outright hate this film. The filmmakers clearly have a vision - namely, delivering a love letter to the broad and cartoony Roger Moore adventures - and remain committed to it for the entire runtime.
A Bond film that embraces the illogical nature of the character and runs wild with it. The entertainment value is through the roof; the imaginative plot involving face-swopping villains, ice fortresses, a laser shooting satellite and cars that turn invisible. Bad CGI action sequences unfortunately break up the party; bending cinematic credibility beyond breaking point and pushing the franchise towards DTV oblivion.
Yeah, I kinda fear for my life when I admit I kinda like this one in public. It is, truly, arbitrarily bombastic. No "Casino Royale;" but despite a couple crap CGI shots and a few too many one-liners, I've always had fun with it (My first Bond, at age 11). Pierce at his most confident, Berry and Pike kill it, Tamahori keeps everything slick/legible, and Arnold's score is badass. Goes down well with beer and pizza.
Pierce Brosnon's last outing as Bond was his most atrocious in the history of the franchise. Not even Halle Berry in a sexy swimsuit could save this disastrous film. The best thing about this film was the theme from Madonna, who also has a cameo.